VALPARAISO | The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County invites residents from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties and beyond to the eighth annual Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road.
Admission and parking for the event are free. The Celebration features two live animal shows by Silly Safaris at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and the return of the Recycle Cycle, a silly contraption made out of reused items. Other programs taking the stage include learning about time banks and chemical free living
With more than 70 exhibitors, many offering children’s activities, the event provides something for all attendees to learn about the planet and what they can do to help reduce their environmental impact.
Highlights of the event include Build Your Own Birdhouse by Porter County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited; appearances by the district’s Glen the Garbologist, Splash the Water Drop, Porter County Wildlife’s Rocky Raccoon, Metro Recycling’s Scrappy the Turtle and Hooper the Hobart Caterpillar; free reusable bags to the first 300 families; shredding of confidential papers by Opportunity Enterprises Secure Shred, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. only; free tree saplings for completed event surveys; alternative fuel vehicle displays by South Shore Clean Cities and the Alternate Power Initiative; silent auction to support environmental education; bingo game for a chance to win a bicycle and more.
Additionally, the first Porter County school/class rain barrel design contest will be judged. Twenty-six barrels from 19 schools will be on display, vying to win the grand prize of two hand chairs made out of recycled plastic.
Exhibitors and vendors include Au Naturel Market, Champion Windows, Calumet Crank Club, Green Housewives Bath Company, Recycled Granite, Indiana Gourd Society, Flora Richardson Foundation, Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy, Friends of the Indiana Dunes, JNJ Organic and more.
For a complete listing of programs and exhibitors, visit the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County’s website, www.ItMeanstheWorld.org or call (219) 465-3819 for more information.